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Caring for other people

How do I register as disabled?

As there is no longer a national register of disabled people, technically you don't need to register as disabled.


Older people are especially vulnerable to loneliness and social isolation - and it can have a serious effect on health.

Help for Young Carers

If you're under 18 and looking after a family member or friend who is ill, disabled or misuses drugs or alcohol, get in touch to find out what kind of help you and your family can get.

How to care for a disabled child

Caring for a disabled child can make your daily parenting duties, such as feeding, toilet training and getting them to sleep, more challenging.

Help for parent carers of disabled children

If you're over 18 and looking after a disabled child that you have parental responsibility for, you can ask the council for a parent carer's needs assessment.

Register as a carer

If you're over 18 and look after a partner, family member, or friend with an illness or disability, you can ask for a carer's assessment.

Carer benefits

As a carer, you may be entitled to one or more state benefits to help you with the costs.

How to feed someone you care for

If you're a carer, try to make sure the person you care for eats and drinks well. Eating a limited diet or not getting enough food can lead to malnutrition.

How to help someone you care for keep clean

Keeping yourself or someone you care for clean is essential. Poor hygiene can cause discomfort, skin complaints and infections, and can lower self-esteem.

How to move, lift and handle someone else

If you look after someone who has an illness or disability, you may need to help them move around.

Carers' breaks and respite care

Respite care means taking a break from caring, while the person you care for is looked after by someone else.
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